Black Friday / Holiday TV Set Top Box Contenders: AMZN, AAPL, GOOG (11/26 AM)

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/24/2014

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  • SELL PUT:       $322.50…$1.12 suggested premium

CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/28/2014

The Holidays are here and Consumers are now faced with a dizzying array of choices for their TV viewing. The advancement from network television to hundreds of cable options has given way to Internet programming with a variety of devices to connect viewers to their favorite shows.  Amazon.com, Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN)Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) all have choices for your entertainment system this holiday season. Here’s our look at all the major players in this holiday space.

Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player that allows you to stream audio and video content to your high-definition TV. The device was designed to provide top-quality streaming for Amazon users, but it also doubles as a gaming system. The small boxlike device arrives pre-registered to your Amazon account and is easy to set up. It connects to your TV using HDMI and with a wall outlet charger. Some may not enjoy the media content being in front, with a few optimized games that are harder to access. The free space on the unit is only 5.16GB, limiting the number of games that the user can install on the device. Among the advantages of the device is the limited number of control buttons and voice search capability that generally works flawlessly. Other features include choice prediction, IMBD second-screen and an easy photo-viewing option. However, it does not offer the popular HBO Go feature that other devices have already incorporated into their products. The device is also pricier than other devices, at around $100 with game controller. Add in the annual $99 price for Prime, and it’s the most expensive of the devices.

Fire TV Streaming Stick

The recently released streaming stick is priced at $40 and works as advertised, doing nearly everything the full-sized Fire TV can do. If you are frustrated by a little bit of lag or want to play more then the simplest games the Fire TV has to offer then stick to the Fire TV.  The Fire TV stick provides a nice light-weight alternative that can play simple games and does basically everything the bigger device does. This device also needs a Prime subscription to be useful and the voice control controller is sold separately.

Roku

The Roku media device has become a familiar part of many American households since its introduction 12 years ago. The Roku is the easy option for a person not bought into any ecosystem and offers a variety of content and access to content. The device supports 750 channels and streams 94 movie and TV channels-including Netflix, Amazon Plus, Hulu Plus and Vudu, as well as HBO Go. Not the simplest device to hook up, you must first plug it in, connect to the TV’s HDMI and go through a 3-step process. A download and restart is necessary. Roku offers an effective search capability that makes it easy to find your favorite programs. Its Wifi connection system is one of the best among the various devices. Although it does not support full gaming, it does provide more than 60 games. A microSD card slot allows for increased storage, when needed. The $50 to $99 price tag makes it favorite with price-conscious entertainment consumers.

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku also offers a dongle type-streaming stick device which provides all the same function of roughly the Roku 2 and hides behind the TV quite nicely. The device like the Fire TV streaming stick version does lag more then the full sized device but it is attractively priced at around $49.

Apple TV

The Apple TV device was designed to appeal to those who are already heavily invested, either emotionally or financially, in the Apple ecosystem and want a unit that will integrate media streaming onto all devices. Many people like the slim, minimalist design of the device, and access to all the movies and shows available through the iTunes site is another plus for some users. However, Apple TV offers slightly over 30 channels, much fewer than the Roku and Chromecast. The absence of Hulu Plus may be a deal breaker for some users. The device is small and easier to hook up than a Roku unit. Simply enter your language and Wifi information. The menu system is easier to navigate to than past versions. Integration with iPhone and iPad are seamless. The presence of Airplay is very enticing to those with many Apple Devices. At $100, it gives you less than some devices, but what it does do, in true Apple style is done well and it is very simple to use.

Chromecast

For a media-streaming device on the lower end of the price scale, Google’s Chromecast dongle offers a number of advantages. The device plugs into the TV’s HDMI port and includes a USB cable for the other end of the stick. It also includes a USB adaptor. The set-up app that you can download will allow you to set up the unit and start streaming in less than two minutes. It also allows you to switch easily from watching on one device to another. The device offers Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, Songza and a number of other services. Chromecast’s performance can be limited by your Wifi network’s capability. Although the Chromecast device does not offer all the capabilities of other units, at about $35, it provides the most compact unit for basic streaming.

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How Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) Is Hitting Parcel Delivery Businesses? (11/25 AM)

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/24/2014

  • BUY CALL:      $345.00…$1.02 suggested premium
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CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/28/2014

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has the habit of hitting headlines each time for its creative experiments for delivery. While the giant retailer has already been testing drone delivery, it has not missed to make creative deals for today, first with the Postal Service and now with with Royal Mail in order to ship orders. If Brewin Dolphin City analyst, Nicla Di Palma, is to be believed then the agreement is much needed for Royal Mail, just as it was for the US Postal Service to expand it’s operations.

Savior For Royal Mail

The postal service company had raised concern earlier this month stating that Amazon’s shipping service could hurt its business to the extent of 2% in the short run. Thus, the deal between the two in reality will save business for Royal Mail, whose parcel operations were under pressure since it was privatized in 2013. Royal Mail is trying to adapt to the changes in customers’ preferences and delivery expectations as it is modernizing its IT solutions and aims to add convenience.

Through the arrangement, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) will now be able to deliver parcels to its customers spread across 10,500 post office locations. Customers could select their nearest pickup location for Royal Mail’s “click and collect” service and collect the parcel by showing their identification at the post office branch.

Sunday Opening

While everything sounds good, there is one negative attached with Royal Mail, which are its opening hours. Some of the Royal Mail post offices remain closed during Saturday afternoons. This could withdraw customers from opting for branches at pickup locations, over other shops that work for long hours. Linday Mackie from the New Weather Institute says that Royal Mail needs to become more convenient to its customers. In this direction, Royal Mail’s nearly 100 post offices are piloting Sunday opening, while those located inside other shops function 12 hours a day, which should be convenient to the customers.

http://investcorrectly.com/20141125/amazon-com-inc-amzn-hitting-parcel-delivery-businesses/

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TRADE: AMAZON – AMZN

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/24/2014

  • BUY CALL:      $345.00…$1.02 suggested premium
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CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/28/2014

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NETFLIX — NFLX PEAKED AT $373.25 BUT CLOSED @ $360.28 ON 11/21

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/17/2014

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CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/21/2014

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NFLX OPENED @ $372.27 AND PEAKED @ $373.25 CREATING HOPE THAT IT WOULD CLOSE OUT AS A WINNER TRADE.

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TRADE: AMAZON – AMZN CLOSED @ $327.69 0N 11/14/14

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/10/2014

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CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/14/2014

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Has Risen To Over A 1-Month High

11/14/2014 10:02 AM ET

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN: Quote) has been climbing since the open of trade Friday and is currently higher by 6.12 at $322.60. The stock has been gaining ground for over a week and has set over a 1-month high.

Amazon.com announced Thursday that it reached a multi-year agreement for eBook and print book sales with Hachette Book Group.

http://www.rttnews.com/2417418/amazon-com-inc-amzn-has-risen-to-over-a-1-month-high.aspx

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WINNER TRADE: LINKEDIN — LNKD CLOSED @ $223.04 ON 11/7

OPEN TRADE:  Monday, 11/03/2014

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CLOSE TRADE: Friday, 11/07/2014

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